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Can someone explain LED Backlighting to me? I have googled and read up on it but I still don't quite get it. Is it a super important feature to have on the monitor I choose?

Also, what are the specs that make a monitor good or bad? Like, if I am buying a hard drive then I look for storage size, speed, cache, etc. What are the must-haves for monitors?

I am probably going to lower my budget to around $150 per monitor since it will allow me to finish it much more quickly and put more into my audio budget. What is the best monitor between 21.5-24" and will look great in Eyefinity that I can purchase in that price range?

Thanks for the help!
In a standard monitor, there is a fluorescent lamp (CCFL) at one or more edges of the screen. In a LED monitor, this is replaced by a series of LEDs. Some people will tell you that they tend to bleed more, and some will tell you that they make the picture look better - it's different for every monitor. Personally, I wouldn't base my whole decision on this.

For monitor specifications, the most important is the resolution, followed by the screen size. Don't pay too much attention to response times or contrast ratios, as all manufacturers have different standards for those. These days, you'll want at least 1920x1080, because these monitors are relatively cheap.

Hope that helped.
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That definitely helps. Thanks!

I am still confused, though. lol There is no way whatsoever to determine whether one monitor is better than another just by specs?

It makes it extremely difficult to choose when I don't know if, for example, an ASUS is better/worse than a Samsung or LG. There's got to be a better way! hehe

I know that I need to buy 1080P Monitors and I'm looking for them in the 21.5" to 24" Range. I simply want the best monitor available in the $150 price range, give or take $15-$20. Is there not a defined best that has better picture quality, brighter colors, etc. than the rest? Thanks!
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Don't forget that you have no guarantee that the monitor you buy now will still be around later one when you want 2 more of them. You can usually find used ones, but just something to consider as having mismatched monitors would suck for Eyefinity. Also, you can't judge a monitor by specs. It's best to check them out locally if you can and base your decision in person. If you can't, just stick with a well known brand and you should be in good shape.
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From personal experience, I have to recommend that you buy them all at once.

I bought 1, then bought 2 more of the SAME model like 1 year later, but the 2 new ones are slightly different in color from the first one, and it kinda ticks me off.

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Thanks Guys. I will only be able to buy one for now and I have to have it because the one I am currently using isn't going to last much longer, I don't believe.

I will have the other 2 monitors by summer so at the most it will be 4-5 months. Will I be okay finding the same monitors in that time frame? From the looks of it, I will either be going with an ASUS or Acer as they're the only ones I can find in my price range.
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you can hope that you will find 2 identical ones, but there is no garauntee.

If you can't, it is likely that you will find something similar enough.
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How big of a difference is there between IPS Panels and TN Panels? A friend suggested that IPS are far better but I'm still not sure.

What IPS Panels are there for under $200? The only one I can find so far is the Dell Ultrasharp 21.5". Thanks!
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post #18 of 22
You can spend hours researching all aspects of this topic, so let me just delineate the basics and you can go on from here.

1. Eyefinity requires three monitors of the same resolution, but not the same size. A few people have experimented with using a larger center monitor and liked it more than using identical monitors. This is because you're supposed to focus on the center monitor with Eyefinity and let the flanking monitors fall into your peripheral vision - you are not supposed to be shifting your eyes from one monitor to another other than occasional glancing.

2. IPS monitors are a lot more expensive - two to three times more. The main differences are that they have better viewing angles and consistent colors. TN panels usually have faster response times, but suffer from color shift (i.e., a color that appears red at the top of your monitor will appear more pinkish in the bottom) and bad off-angle image quality.

3. Asus make the best TN monitors on the market. Samsung makes nice monitors, but none of them have VESA mounts, which is ridiculous, as you will never be able to mount them.
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Thank You for the response. That definitely cleared some things up for me.

Do you have a link to any pics or videos of Eyefinity with the 1 larger monitor and 2 smaller monitor setup? I'm trying to decide which I would like better but I can't seem to find a pic of that arrangement.

The only IPS monitor I have found in my price range of $100-$200 is the Dell U2211H which is actually E-IPS. It looks like you own this particular monitor? If so, how would you compare it to the ASUS TN Monitors you have seen?

I have read until my eyes burn on these subjects but it is still impossible to make an intelligent decision having no hands-on experience with any of these. One site will say that IPS is far superior and worth the price while others will say that the current TN Monitors are as good or even better than the cheaper IPS screens such as the U2211H.

Hopefully, you can answer this question for me plain and simple. lol

What is THE BEST monitor for less than $200? The cheaper the better, of course. So, if I can get a comparable screen for $139 that I can for $199 (which I doubt) then that would be excellent. I'm looking for 21.5-24" Screen Size. A nice stand with the option for Portrait mode would be great, but not required.

Thanks!
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post #20 of 22
The word "best" is subjective on a topic like this. You need to find the "best" monitor for your likes/needs. If you want accurate colors, wide viewing angle, higher resolution (on larger panels), get an IPS. If you want cheaper, less ghosting/input lag go with TN. If you want inky blacks, then get a VA. Remember IPS were designed mainly for CAD use, so make sure you do your research as some panels with built in scalers/OSD have some slight input lag as their priorities were for accurate color/variety of inputs not necessarily gaming on an eyefinity setup. Hope that helps.
    
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